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TP-LINK TL-WN823N Wireless N300 Mini USB Adapter, 300Mbps, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, WEP/WPA/WPA2

  • 300Mbps, Fashion Mini design
  • Soft AP for Internet Sharing
  • Easy encryption w/ WPS button
  • Advanced Security-WPA / WPA2
  • Plug & Play for Windows 8
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Learn more about the TP-LINK TL-WN823N

Model

Brand
TP-LINK
Model
TL-WN823N

Spec

Standards
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 300Mbps
Security
64/128-bit WEP
WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK
WPA / WPA2
WPS
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Interface
USB 2.0
Frequency Band
2.4GHz - 2.4835GHz
Modulation
DBPSK, DQPSK, CCK, OFDM, 16-QAM, 64-QAM
Antenna
Internal Antenna
System Requirements
OS:
Windows 7(32/64bits)
Windows Vista(32/64bits)
Windows XP(32/64bits)
Dimensions
1.54" x 0.72" x 0.31"
Temperature
0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
Humidity
10% - 90%, Non-Condensing

Feature

Features
EIRP: <20dBm (EIRP)

Wireless Modes:
Soft AP Mode
Client Mode (support Ad-hoc/Infrastructure network)

Wireless N speed up to 300Mbps makes the TL-WN823N ideal for HD video streaming, online gaming and VoIP calls

Easy one-touch wireless security encryption with the WPS(Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button

Supports Soft AP function for Wireless Internet Sharing

Supports Sony PSP X-Link for lag-free online gaming for Windows XP

Bundled utility provides quick & hassle free installation.

Packaging

Package Contents
Wireless Adapter TL-WN823N
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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5 out of 5 eggsGreat little adapter

Pros: Cheap

Small without being uselessly tiny and sacrificing functionality

WPS functionality for quick setup

Performed quite well for a small adapter - I had no issues with signal degradation, nor did I experience packet loss/connectivity problems compared to a larger USB wireless adapter wandering around my home network.

Cons: AP functionality is a bit limited, but that's not really a con at this price point.

Other Thoughts: Great little adapter if you just need a small USB wireless adapter for a mobile device on your home network, or if you just need a very portable wireless adapter for your laptop on the go.

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4 out of 5 eggsUltra portable, almost to its own detriment

Pros: - Extremely compact.

- Build quality is quite good, the plastic is nice and strong, and the USB connector is well made.

- Set up is extremely quick and simple. The instructions are concise and perfectly depict the set up process. By using the CD set up instructions, I was up and running within 3 minutes, and at no point were any instructions given which I feel would have stumped the average consumer.

- The included software isn’t anything groundbreaking, it’s mostly information and from Windows, just organized better. It does tell you a few things Windows doesn’t however. It also enables you to use the softAP feature of the adapter.

- The softAP (Software Access Point) feature is something I didn’t expect to see in this adapter, and in my experience, I’ve usually found tacked on features for items to be somewhat disappointing, this however was a very neat feature. To put it simply, if it gives somebody network access where they otherwise wouldn’t have it, then it’s already proven itself useful. In my tests I found the range of the created network to be around 25 feet, and the speeds were an improvement (only just) over my existing WiFi network.

Cons: - In all my tests, this adapter failed to match the throughput of a built in wireless card, or a hardwire connection. When I tested its reliability, this adapter was hands down the poorest performer, which I can only attribute to its small internal antenna. This lack of reliability was the result of being a great distance (100+ feet) away from my router.

- TP-Link claims that this is a 300Mb/s (37.5MB/s) adapter, however I never saw any numbers even approaching those transfer speeds. Even in a file transfer to my computer from another computer on my network, using this adapter, the transfer capped out at about 7MB/s.

- TP-Link software doesn’t check for driver or firmware updates, would have been a good feature to throw in.

Other Thoughts: - These benchmarks were taken on my desktop, roughly 15 feet away from my router; averaged from 5 tests each.

- Ethernet: 18.6ms 3.6MB/s Down 740KB/s Up

- Adapter with Windows drivers: 20ms 1.86MB/s Down 746KB/s Up

- Adapter with TP-Link drivers USB2.0: 19ms 1.99MB/s Down 744KB/s Up

- Adapter with TP-Link drivers USB3.0: 19.6ms 966KB/s Down 729KB/s Up

- Unsurprisingly, the Ethernet connection provided the best speeds and was nearly perfectly consistent between tests. As for varying the drivers, there was virtually no difference; the results were fairly consistent between tests but nowhere near the Ethernet connection. The only outlier in the benchmarks was plugging the adapter into a USB3.0 port, which provided very inconsistent results which were slower than anything else.

- These benchmarks were taken on a HP Pavilion DV4 1222NR running only on battery power, just over 100 feet away from my router. The most appropriate drivers were used for each adapter. USB adapters were always plugged into the same USB2.0 port; averaged from 5 tests each (unless otherwise noted).

- Wireless card: 20.6ms 959KB/s Down 723KB/s Up

- Adapter: 22ms 293KB/s Down 123KB/s Up; failed last 4 tests due to connectivity issues.

- Older adapter (TL-WN722N): 22.3ms 330KB/s Down 369KB/s Up; failed first test due to connectivity issues.

- Older adapter (TL-WN722N) with larger antenna (TL-ANT2408C): 21.4ms 463KB/s Down 343KB/s Up

- These benchmarks demonstrate the importance of bus speed and antenna size. The built in wireless card was able to trounce all the other wireless solutions quite decisively, with a fairly large antenna and a faster bus speed than the USB adapters. The USB adapters had fair performance, but connectivity issues which were gradually resolved as I moved up to larger antennas.

- This last set of benchmarks were taken on my phone (LG Optimus Elite) while sitting at my desktop. These benchmarks were taken to quantify the softAP feature of the adapter.

- Phone using existing WiFi: 28.6ms 901KB/s Down 403KB/s Up

- Phone using softAP WiFi: 32.6ms 1.15MB/s Down 308KB/s Up

- There’s not much in these numbers, but they were consistent, I would say that the softAP feature of this adapter is useful if you have a lower end wireless router and find yourself often out of your router’s WiFi range.

- In conclusion, this adapter is really best suited as a replacement for a laptop’s dead wireless card. For a desktop PC, where mobility is not important, you would use a hardwire connection, a less mobile wireless adapter, or even an internal wireless card. For a laptop, this adapter was beaten by a 4 year old wireless card, making it useless if you planned to upgrade your wireless performance. Even so, it worked through my subjective tests, and stood up to video streaming, online gaming, and VOIP. I still however, would only recommend this adapter to somebody valuing portability above all else, or somebody who would make freque

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5 out of 5 eggsTP-Link Making Things Right

Pros: It doesn't what it is suppose to do for a great price. It was simple enough to connect, and if you don't know the network passphrase, the WPS works great providing you have the button on your router or you have access to your routers GUI. I got the button and just used it.

I let it run and no problems over the last few days. Speed test showed my internet pulling in near 60Mbps so no complaints.

Sometimes it is difficult to get back on the internet when your laptop goes into standby or the device goes into power saving. As it has been mentioned, you can find it in device manager, right click it and choose properties and find the power management tab to unselect "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power" and you shouldn't have trouble getting on the internet anymore. Or in this devices case, you can simple unplug it from the USB port and pop it back in.
I've been testing quite a few different devices from TP-Link and the more I use, the more I believe you don't need to spend a fortune to get a great working product!

Cons: Only works on the 2.4GHz band. It's not as small as a nano receiver, so you might want to unplug it from your laptop to prevent port or device damage when moving it around or putting it in a bag.

Taking its ability to shut down to save power away doesn't help if your USB port shuts down to save power in Suspend mode, but it does recover rather quickly.

Other Thoughts: Thought I'd give this a go on my LG 60" TV.
It didn't surprise me, as it didn't work, so you might want to get the wireless dongle recommended for your TV.

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5 out of 5 eggsGood Enough

Pros: -Hello. I am technically inclined, but I like to take the approach of a person reading reviews that doesn’t understand all the “geek speak” and make it understandable for the person who doesn’t have the time or patience to study up on stuff. If that’s you, then this one is for you.
-Considering most (if not all) laptops and portable computer devices have wireless (Wi-Fi) built in already, this device is geared more toward desktop users whom do not have a Wi-Fi connection built into their motherboards.
-The device is tiny and takes up a VERY small footprint. In other-words, no gaudy device sticking out of your computers USB port making it cumbersome to navigate around.
-It DOES come with a WPS button built in right on the little USB device itself (not shown in the pictures – it’s on the reverse side; which actually turns out to be the “topside” of the device when plugged in [to most systems]). So that means you ONLY have to click the WPS (discovery Button) on your router (if you have one) and then simply click the WPS button on the TP-LINK TL-WN823N Wireless N300 USB device to make a 100% secure connection with NO knowledge setup whatsoever. Click the router, click the USB WPS button. Simple as that.
-It does come with a cover cap, but it is pretty much useless considering what I have already stated; it is for those w/o a wireless connection on their device, and if that IS the case, it will probably stay plugged in forever.
-It is black in color, so the minute piece that does stick out is very inconspicuous.

Cons: -It is only “geared” for 2.5Ghz connections via wirelessly. The more modern 5.0Ghz routers that deliver fatser connections/data transfer rates, this device will only deliver “mediocre” speeds. Now I say mediocre because we’re talking about a download speed of (via wirelessly) @ say 120-170 Mph (kb/s – kilobytes per second). With more modern transfer rates, we are looking at 1000 (thousand) Mph (MB/s – MegaBytes per Second).
-Either way, this nifty ‘lil device is SURE to promote ALL the speed needed for common YouTube video watching on 1080p quality (that’s the highest quality @ the moment) for video watching, thus meaning, Netflix and ANY other streaming video/media will have no problem with the TP-LINK TL-WN823N. Which means normal internet surfing, email, and the such is NOT even a question if it can do these tasks. The Wireless N300 USB device will even let the most core gamer play online with no problems whatsoever. I played Tom Clancy’s Ghost (free online) with absolutely zero lag. Online gaming take very little transfer requirements to play online. Any lag of any kind will usually be because the und user (the gamer) has a slower or lower end computer that simply cannot process the data fast enough. They need at least a dual core CPU with a mid-range to high range power level to process data as well as a video card (GPU – Graphics Processing Unit) to keep up with the data coming in through their internet. And I promise you, this device well enough supplies the 2.4 Ghz delivery WITHOUT any drops to supply the user and computer with the power it needs to play a simple online game such as Battlefield 4. So not really a “con” here, considering this info is stated VERY clearly that it is in fact “Up to 300Mbps” – that’s Mega Bits per Second… NOT Mega BYTES per Second. The small ‘b’ tells the whole story here in this case.

Other Thoughts: -This unit was tested on a full blown custom gaming desktop (see below geeks) and also a *** laptop that is used for YouTubing and simple email.
-Just because this is a review, please don’t take my words lightly and think I just favor a product because it is sent to me. I have a job to do; and that’s to be fair and honest about the product for future prospective buyers. I am just like you, a Newegg customer, and to me Newegg reviews are golden. So I am not about to tarnish Newegg reviews OR my good name by telling you something is good when it is not. I hope this review has satisfied your purchasing inquiry needs. Thank you for reading. And thank you Newegg for allowing me another great opportunity to review.
-GAMING DESKTOP SPECS (Hope this displays properly):
-Case: IN WIN Dragon Rider Full Tower
-Mobo: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0
-CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz (OC 3.7GHz)
-CPU Cooler: Stock 4 pipe AMD 965 Black PIB cooler
-PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W (80 PLUS)
-GPU: EVGA GeForce GTS 450 Superclocked Edition 1GB Core:882MHz / Shader:1764MHz / Memory:1900MHz
-RAM: G-Skill (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333/686Mhz/C-9/1.5V *(OV 1432/1027Mhz/C-9/1.6V)
-HDD OS: OCZ RevoDrive X2 - 220GB x4 PCIe MLC SSD
-HDD Storage: 1x Western Digital Black 750GB (Acronis 2013 backup storage for OS)
-HDD Storage: 2x Western Digital Blue 1 TB 7200
-HDD Storage: 1x Seagate Baracuda 3TB 7200 (BLEW out after 1.17 yrs)
-Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc 24x DVD DL Lightscribe
-Cooling: ALL AIR. Case: 1x 220mm, 4x 120mm / CPU: Stock 4 heatpipe
-Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry-2 Touch Screen (5 fans + temps)
-Keyboard: Mad Catz/Saitek Cyborg V.7
-Mouse: Tek Republic TM Black 7 Button + 1 Wheel
-OS: Win 7 Ultimate x64
-Monitor: ASUS VE278H Black 27" 2ms (GTG) HDMI
-Gamepad: Afterglow Gamepad for XBOX 360 (wired)

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4 out of 5 eggsgreat mobile wifi adapter

Pros: Easy to install, easy to use. I just plugged it into a USB 3.0 slot, and away I went. Its very small, so you dont really have to worry about the profile interfering with a cluttered space. Didnt even really need to install drivers, but I did anyways just to say I did -after the fact-. Everything tested out the same anyways...

Supports WEP, WPA, WPA2, and all of the 802 connections, and didnt have any troubles whatsoever with connectivity. Detected even the farthest wireless network in my apartment, and Im on the bottom floor.

Ive tested this device pretty thoroughly, and it has impressive speeds. 20mb/s up, 20mb/s down. With that said, if you have Comcast/Xfinity, this will benefit the 25mb/s package, and everything else above that tier will be a waste of money.

Cons: It may be too small. It doesnt have a keychain attachment, and its about an inch in length. Its half the size of a thumb drive. Not really a con, but this thing could get lost pretty easily. I took an egg off just for that. Doesnt deserve it, but Im pretty strict when it comes to things getting lost....

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  • Richard H.
  • 4/2/2014 11:46:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: For the price this thing works great. I have a 50 Mbps internet connection with WiFi. Plug this in the USB port in another computer tested the speed and I still getting 50 Mbps.

Cons: None

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5 out of 5 eggsTP-Link WN823N

Pros: Windows 8 Compatible. I don't have access to a Windows 8 machine to test it on unfortunately.

Power saving setting, although I can't imagine the power you save from this tiny adapter is even worth enabling compared to turning off your computer.

-27/7 Tech support available via a toll free number or by email. While I doubt anyone will have an issue installing this adapter, it's nice to see TP-Link has phone support if you need it.

-Very easy product to setup. Most of these usb adapters install without a hitch these days and this one is no different. Plug it in, install the software, and go!

-Small form factor, measures in at roughly 1 1/2 inches.

-WPS button for one touch setup.

-SoftAP, very nice feature. You might spend thirty bucks or more for a separate access point. The SoftAP worked flawless for the tablet I connected to it. I was able to retain more signal strength at a greater distance since the computer it was connecting to was more at the center of my house.

Cons: Installation print is on the small side, wish it was bigger.
I really dislike these single sheet of paper folded 8 times instructions that companies put out. It's hard to read if you ever need it, at least for my eyes.

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend this adapter. I was currently using an Airlink 150N adapter that cost me roughly the same price as this TP-Link adapter. I really like the SoftAP feature.

Installed on a Windows 7 machine with the drivers and software included in the box.
Also tested it on a WDTV.
Asus RT-N10+ router running DDWRT.

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  • CHETAN S.
  • 12/20/2013 12:47:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsVery slow shipping

Pros: Product is good but slow shipping by Newegg.

Cons: I am writing review here about the newegg shipping issues. It is very slow. Free shipping of Newegg can't be compared with Free shipping of other famous merchants. I ordered it on Dec 9 and I got the product on Dec 20 (no public holidays in between) and with this I don't have to explain anything else.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thak you for checking out our Adapter.

We are glad to see that this device is working for you.

We do have new products coming out in the future and we hope you will be able to check those out too!

If you have any issues or concerns then you can contact me directly at howard.he@tp-link.com.


Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
support.usa@tp-link.com
(866) 225-8139
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support

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  • nardeen A.
  • 12/3/2013 6:44:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsTP-LINK

Pros: fast, small, easy to setup, two year warranty, up to 300 Mbps, windows 7, 8, vista, and xp compatible.

Cons: usb 2.0

Other Thoughts: It's an amazing USB Wireless Adapter for the price you are paying

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5 out of 5 eggsTP-LINK TL-WN823N Wireless N300

Pros: Solid connection at all times. Testing with a 3 year old Linksys WRT110 that has a max of 130Mb/s, I am getting a consistent 72Mb/s The distance range is within a few feet. Even for an office environment with a dozen computers that run off a 100Mb/s wired LAN, this would be fine. But with a newer router with 300Mb/s speeds, this is more than adequate. The adapter itself is very small and discreet. 24/7 support with TP-Link.

Cons: The adapter may be too small and could possibly benefit from an extension or USB cradle in a multi-room/level environment.

Other Thoughts: Recognized and worked right away with Windows 8 but it did need a driver update. I found it easily on the TP-Link website. It's been used for all my work over the last few days and I've had no connection problems. It's priced just right and highly recommended.

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